Spiralized vegetable dishes are fast, fresh and fun!
I really miss the fresh tastes of summer during our long Canadian winters. While I am a big fan of root vegetables and I love a hearty soup or stew, the bright, fresh-from-the-garden flavours that characterize many meals from June through October are pretty elusive right now. My solution has been to try and incorporate more raw vegetables into my menus, especially those whose flavour is not compromised during this season. This vegetable carpaccio is a wintertime favourite, as are spiralized zucchini noodles which can be dressed up all kinds of ways or even added to soup instead of pasta. This delightful zucchini ‘noodle’ dish honestly takes just five minutes to prepare and you may find it’s a hit with everyone in your family. Plus, it’s so packed with flavour and nutrition that it will leave you feeling full and happy for hours afterward. With its judicious touch of Sriracha heat, it might just warm you up a little too!
- 2 tablespoons (30 mL) peanut butter or cashew butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free version)
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) white sugar
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) very finely minced ginger
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (1.25 to 2.5 mL) sriracha (Asian hot sauce), to taste
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) freshly-squeezed lime juice
- 2 tablespoons (30 mL) water
- 2 medium sized zuchinni
- 2 tablespoons (30 mL) roasted peanuts or cashews, chopped
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- Lime wedges
- Combine all of the sauce ingredients and whisk vigorously until it has a smooth consistency. You want to be able to drizzle it on your dish, so add a bit more water if needed to thin it just a little. Taste and adjust seasoning if you would like it sweeter or spicier.
- Trim both ends of the zucchini and use your spiral cutter (or a vegetable peeler) to cut them into long, thin ‘noodles’. Place zucchini ‘noodles’ in a serving bowl.
- Drizzle sauce over zucchini and toss gently to combine.
- Garnish with chopped nuts and cilantro and serve with lime wedges to squeeze over top.
Serves 2 as a side dish; can easily be multiplied.
This original recipe, created by me, was originally published at ymc.ca